The Naval Service has announced it wants to recruit 80 personnel into the force.
It is expected successful applicants will be broken up into two groups of 40, with the first starting training next autumn.
A Naval Service spokesman said the second group were likely to start before the end of the year, and training will last approximately 20 weeks.
This will include seamanship courses, basic sea survival, naval boarding, foot drill, weapons handling, damage control, and fire- fighting. Training will take place at the Naval Service headquarters at Haulbowline Island, Co Cork.
The Naval Service said that it is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from both genders.
While women represent about 7% of the overall Defence Forces, the Naval Service has proved very attractive to them.
“Around 20% of the Naval Service is made up of women and we have four who have captained ships,” the spokesman said.
Those entering the service will be doing so at a major modernisation stage in its history.
It recently acquired the €54m LÉ Samuel Beckett and the LÉ James Joyce should arrive in Haulbowline shortly.
She started sea trials in the Bristol Channel yesterday after departing Appledore, north Devon.
The vessel was built there by Babcock Marine & Technology, which has also won a third order from the Government for another ship, which is expected to be delivered in the spring of 2016.
The Naval Service said the closing date for recruit applications is March 27 and further information can be had on the Naval Service’s Facebook page or by logging on to www.military.ie.
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